Former UFC Champ Anderson Silva Returns To The Mats

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva posted another update on his return status this weekend, and this one should show that “The Spider” is serious about a return.

Along with the simple message of “I’m coming back,” Silva posted a picture of himself grappling in the gym. It’s unknown if this is a brand new picture, or one from a previous training session he took part in, but the Brazilian is continuing to rehab rather quickly.

Silva broke his leg in December when UFC champion Chris Weidman checked a kick attempt in their title match.

UFC 170’s Patrick Cummins’ Previous Fights

Pat Cummins will make his Octagon debut this coming Saturday night at UFC 170 against Daniel Cormier in the co-main event.

Cummins replaced Rashad Evans who went down with a knee injury.

While not much is known of Cummins, a former Penn State University wrestler, you now have the chance to see what he’s done inside the cage.

Below are three of Cummins’ four professional fights, including one in Strikeforce. He is 4-0 in hsi career to date.

What Did Joe Rogan Have To Say About UFC Fight Night 36 Main Event?

Despite not being Octagon-side to call the action, Joe Rogan remained an interested observer of Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 36 card from Brazil.

The main event featured former UFC champion Lyoto Machida scoring a decision victory over ex-Strikeforce champ Gegard Mousasi. The win moves Machida closer to a future title shot, as he is now 2-0 at 185 pounds after dropping down.

Before the final horn sounded, “The Dragon” landed a handful of big-time head kicks to Mousasi, who took the brunt of the damage and never went down.

“Amazed at Mousasi’s chin (Saturday),” Rogan posted on Twitter. “Never seen a guy eat Lyoto’s head kick like that.”

Rogan was also impressed by Machida, who he said “is fast as a turbocharged (cheetah) at 185.”

The division is currently led by Chris Weidman, who defends his title later this year vs. Vitor Belfort. But with challengers like Machida and fellow UFC Fight Night winner Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza pouncing, it is getting deeper by the minute.

“185 is getting interesting,” Rogan posted. “‘Jacare’ is a real threat standing and on the ground. Even more impressive that he came into the fight injured (he mentioned an arm injury post-fight).”

UFC Fight Night 36: Live Main Card Coverage, Play By Play, Quick Results

Welcome to our live coverage of UFC Fight Night 36.

Tonight’s show comes to us live from Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting F5 on your keyboard for the most up-to-date results.

PRELIMINARY CARD

Zubaira Tukhugov def. Douglas Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ildemar Alcantara def. Albert Tumenov via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Felipe Arantes def. Maximo Blanco via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Iuri Alcantara def. Wilson Reis via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

Francisco Trinaldo def. Jesse Ronson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Rodrigo Damm def. Ivan Jorge via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Joe Proctor def. Cristiano Marcello via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

MAIN CARD

Charles Oliveira vs. Andy Ogle

Featherweights head to the Octagon to start off the main card, with Charles Oliveira doing battle against Andy Ogle.

Oliveira (16-4) has lost his last two, with the most recent coming at the hands of former UFC champion Frankie Edgar. Ogle (9-3) is 1-2 since joining the UFC.

Round 1: Ogle comes right out after Oliveira, landing some nice shots within the clinch. Oliveira bullies his way for a takedown, working to better his position quickly. Oliveira into the mount and Ogle is squirming on his back to try and work free. Oliveira locks in a figure four, looking for a standing rear-naked choke with over three minutes to go. Oliveira doing a nice job of switching back and forth between a rear-naked and a neck crank, and they drop back down to the canvas. Oliveira remains on the back and still trying to end our string of decisions, but Ogle is doing an excellent job of defending.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira

Round 2: Oliveira connects with a couple of nice front kicks and goes for a takedown, but Ogle winds up on top. Switch and Oliveira is on top, but Ogle quickly gets to his feet to avoid any submission attempts this time. Oliveira goes for another takedown, they roll, and Oliveira winds up with a standing choke. He drops down, has a leg trapped and is working to secure the hold even tighter. Over two minutes to go and Ogle reverses and takes the back. Nice little moment of wrestling right there.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira

Round 3: Oliveira catches Ogle with a straight left coming in, dropping Ogle and he goes for a choke. Ogle gets free and avoids the upkick by Oliveira. Ogle with a takedown, but he has yet to do much damage from this position and they go back to the feet. Nice right elbow just misses by Oliveira. Just like that, Oliveira throws up a triangle choke and Ogle is forced to tap.

Charles Oliveira def. Andy Ogle via submission (triangle choke) at 2:40 of Round 3

Viscardi Andrade vs. Nicholas Musoke

Welterweights Viscardi Andrade and Nicholas Musoke square off next.

Andrade (17-5) is on a seven-fight win streak, including an August TKO victory over Bristol Marunde in his Octagon debut. Musoke (11-2) is unbeaten in his last seven.

Round 1: Musoke going on the attack to start, throwing some heavy shots at Andrade. Having seen enough of the striking game, Andrade scores with a takedown and is working to advance his position. Nice little flurry by Andrade, but Musoke gets back to his feet. Andrade lands a huge shot that floors Musoke and celebrates. However, the ref did not stop anything and Musoke has recovered. Andrade almost gets caught in an armbar. What an incredible moment. Had Andrade bounced right away, this one would likely be over. Instead, he’s in a battle to not let Musoke get to his feet. Musoke now mixing his shots, and Andrade misses on a wild left hook.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Andrade

Round 2: Musoke trying to turn this into a clinch game, ties up Andrade against the fence and lands a pair of nice knees to the body. Here comes Musoke, forcing Andrade back with a flurry of strikes. Big double-leg takedown by Musoke. Musoke doing a nice job of causing damage on the ground, in complete control as we head under a minute. Musoke finishes the round with some nasty elbows.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Musoke

Round 3: Unless the judges saw something I didn’t, you have to think this is a round each going to the third. Musoke right back to the clinch, tying Andrade up and landing a nice knee. Musoke tosses Andrade to the canvas and is out-grappling him, looking to secure a rear-naked choke. Andrade looks exhausted as we approach two minutes left in this one. Musoke suffocating him on the ground, as he has the body lock in and is working for a choke still.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Musoke

Nicholas Musoke def. Viscardi Andrade via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Erick Silva vs. Takenori Soto

Our second straight welterweight bout will feature Erick Silva welcoming Takenori Soto to the UFC.

Silva (15-4) is coming off a knockout loss at the hands of Dong Hyun Kim, which dropped him to 3-3 inside the Octagon. He has earned three finish victories, including submissions over Jason High and Charlie Brenneman.

Soto (17-8-7) is unbeaten in his last 10 fights, including eight wins and two draws.

Round 1: Silva has the shortest fight time among active UFC fighters and is a huge favorite. That should lead to a quick finish, right? Sato trying to grab a leg and Silva is just hammering him with rights. Silva pounding away and the ref tells him to defend. Two more shots and this one is all over, as Silva has proven the bettors right.

Erick Silva def. Takenori Sato via KO (strikes) at :51 of Round 1

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Francis Carmont

The first of two key middleweight battles takes to the Octagon next, as Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza meets Francis Carmont.

Souza (19-3) is a former Strikeforce champion who has won his first two UFC bouts via finish over Chris Camozzi and Yushin Okami. He is 9-1 in his last 10 overall, with the lone loss coming to Luke Rockhold.

Carmont (22-7) has won all six of his UFC fights. The Tristar Gym fighter is undefeated in his last 11 overall.

Round 1: We’ve got the Brazilian crowd back into it for Souza, as they are loud and behind their fighter. Souza with a nice spinning kick, stuns Carmont and takes him down. Souza quickly to the back, locking in both hooks before placing a figure four on the body. Souza has plenty of time to work and is trying to loosen up Carmont for a submission. Souza working hard for the choke and he quickly throws the left hand under the chin. He’s trying to get the squeeze in, but Carmont survives.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Souza

Round 2: Carmont starts off the round with a swift leg kick, something he needs more of to be successful. Left hand gets through by Carmont, as does another kick, but Souza goes for the takedown. He’s unable to get it this time. Souza with a nice wheel kick and Carmont fires back, going for a takedown of his own. Souza with a right hand that connects, and he follows up with a takedown attempt against the fence. Carmont doing a good job of defending the takedown and he stays on his feet, catching Souza with a right. Carmont looks to be angry and he lands a combo. Carmont not impressed by a spinning attempt, and he connects with a right and a nice switch kick to the midsection.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carmont

Round 3: Souza all over Carmont, scoring a takedown a minute in and working to the back. Huge fists by Souza and Carmont is in trouble. Souza wants to finish this one now, as he looks in a possible rear-naked and is landing clean blows to the face. Carmont working for wrist control to reverse and get on top, and Souza slips to the back again, locking in a figure four. Just a neck crank despite the crowd hoping for more from Souza.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Souza

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Francis Carmont via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi

We’ve reached the main event for the evening, as former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida squares off with Gegard Mousasi.

Machida (20-4) earned a knockout victory over Mark Munoz last year in his debut at middleweight. “The Dragon” is 3-1 in his last four, with the lone loss being a decision defeat in Brazil to Phil Davis.

Mousasi (34-3-2) won his UFC debut over Illir Latifi last April after Alexander Gustafsson pulled out of the fight. The former Strikeforce champion is unbeaten in his last seven fights.

Round 1: Mousasi starting off with some leg kicks. This is an interesting battle, as both like to play possum and wait for the opportunity to strike. We could get an interesting five round decision, or a quick knockout. Machida with a huge kick to the side of Mousasi, and another kick to the lead leg. Machida with a quick in-and-out flurry. Mousasi lands a left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Machida

Round 2: More feeling out from both fighters, as Machida feints and comes in, but fails to connect. Machida lands a head kick, but Mousasi catches it and tries for a takedown. He’s unable to get it, but stayed upright after the kick. Mousasi throws a huge right after landing a quick strike, but misses. Mousasi comes in and lands a right, finding his range with another leg kick. One more leg kick by Mousasi lands and he appears to be ready to engage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mousasi

Round 3: Mousasi goes for a takedown, switches to the clinch and lands a knee to the body, followed by another. Machida with a left that lands flush to the face and that appears to have “The Dragon” ready to strike. Spinning attack from Machida to the midsection and there is some bruising on the face of Mousasi, including a cut on the nose. Another left kick lands by Machida upstairs. Stiff jab by Machida catches Mousasi.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Machida

Round 4: Mousasi with a takedown, and Machida quickly gets back to his feet. Not a good sign if you are a Mousasi supporter. Machida catches him and drops his hands, jumping around and looking to attack. Machida takes Mousasi down with over two minutes to go and moves into half-guard. He passes before moving back into half. Mousasi sweeps and is in good position to do damage and steal this round. Machida trying for a submission, but is unable to lock it up. An illegal kick lands to Machida and Mousasi knew he did it right away and it was wrong. The ref asks if he is good to continue and he is, but looks a little wobbly heading back to his corner. No point taken away.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Machida

Round 5: Mousasi likely feeling the pressure to go for the finish after these past four rounds, which have been dominated by Machida. Machida with a flurry, but is unable to land anything of impact. Machida appears just a step ahead of Mousasi in all aspects. Left lands by Mousasi and he keeps coming forward after Machida. Mousasi goes for a takedown off a kick by Machida, but he winds up on his back with under two minutes to go. Machida takes the back with a minute to go, flattening him out and working for the choke. Mousasi survives, but eats a huge shot at the conclusion.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Machida

Lyoto Machida def. Gegard Mousasi via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)

GSP Talks Potential Super-Fights, Thoughts On Hendricks-Lawler

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre couldn’t escape the MMA media this week while cornering Francis Carmont in Brazil.

But some of the comments GSP made felt very off the wall.

The Brazilian MMA site Combate asked St-Pierre about a possible super-fight with Anderson Silva if he were to return to the UFC after “clearing” his head.

“There’s always a possibility,” he said. “Some fighters want to fight me because of my name, others for the money. I would fight Anderson Siva. I would even fight Brock Lesnar is it’s a fair fight for both.

“I’m not afraid of anyone, but I’m not stupid (laughs). Many people think that a fight shows who’s the toughest, but that’s not my case. I see things in a professional and intelligent way.”

Silva is rehabbing from a broken leg, while Lesnar appears set on remaining in pro wrestling until he finally retires – despite constant chatter about a return to the UFC.

St-Pierre also offered up his thoughts on the upcoming Johny Hendricks-Robbie Lawler title fight to crown a new champion, saying, “It could be either one. Hendricks has a certain advantage in wrestling, but either one can win by knockout.”

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